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Sabine Sergejeva - Violin


1- You started playing the violin at the age of 7. Who was your first music teacher?

My first teacher was Elizabete Goļikova who taught me discipline and respect towards practice. From the very first steps she thought me and many others (still does!) how to really listen and search for the quality not only when practicing, but also when listening to other artists. E. Goļikova always helped me embrace my individual style of playing.

2- Is your family musical?

I wouldn’t say musical, but perhaps creative. My mom is a painter and a professor of Arts.

3- You are currently studying for your Master’s degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, in the class of prof. David Takeno. How is this progressing?

Studying with David Takeno has hugely shaped my musical understanding and also my personality. This is my sixth year studying with prof. David Takeno and still he manages to inspire me every lesson.

4- You are a member of the Jumis piano quartet. Can you introduce fellow band members please?

Jumis quartet became whole about a year ago. Jumis - is a Latvian deity, which symbolises growth, beginning of life and prosperity. I am grateful to be performing alongside such creative and wonderful musicians who also happen to be Guildhall School alumni - Henrietta Hill (viola), Toby White (cello), Ryan Drucker (piano).

5- What are your fondest musical memories, privately or performing?

Definitely performing G. Enescu octet with violinist Philippe Graffin. I have participated in several masterclasses with him, but performing together was a completely different and a very exciting experience, especially as the G. Enescu Octet is one of my all time favourite pieces.

6- How often do your practice?

My main motto would be - quality over quantity. In my childhood I would practice for more than 5 or even 6 hours a day. Looking back at it it was useful at the time, but now I find that no matter for how long I practice every day I need to take regular breaks, do enough mental practice and read the score before I even begin to play.

7- Would you consider teaching in the future?

Of course, I have always been passionate about teaching, however it comes with a great responsibility as well. One does not only have to give the right advice at the right time, but also inspire the student every time.

8- What advice would you give to young musicians at the start of their journey?

Most importantly - never underestimate the importance of practice! Yet it is extremely important to look after your physical and mental well being. I would also like to add - step out of your comfort zone! As frightening as it might be - it is a great way of learning about yourself.

submission January 2021

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